My second month in the nation’s capital centered on adjusting to my Department of State position and becoming a pseudo local. During the last few weeks, I’ve learned more about the Bureau of International Organizations’ ins and outs under the team I work with. I’ve had countless opportunities to listen in on experts conversing about U.S Foreign Affairs and pressing current events. Besides my daily tasks, I’ve participated in “Brown Bags,” which are info sessions, to learn more about working in the Foreign Service from currents officers. I look forward to continuing to support my team and gaining more experience in the field.
While my internship occupies my weekdays, on the weekends I love to explore what’s open in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia area). One of the first places I visited was the Basilica, a stunning church where I walked through gilded halls and admired the beautiful architecture of the Crypt. A repeat destination was the National Mall as I and a few of the other fellows scooted around the monuments at night. Later I explored local businesses by visiting places like Tatte and Rose Ave Bakery.
The month ended with me going on a solo adventure spanning from Capitol Hill to Columbia Heights. I walked through Stanton Park to the Eastern Market where I interacted with amazing local vendors and even saw a Congresswoman. As the sun came out, I metroed to Meridian Hill Park and walked through the weaving stony paths. Strolling through the park I saw the juxtaposition offered in D.C. as chill jazz musicians played for the public while people spoke-against the Tigray Conflict in a drive-by protest. As March comes in, I look forward to exploring more of the city as museums open up and the winter chill gives way to the spring warmth.
February went by so quickly, I cannot believe we have been living in D.C. for two months! I am truly enjoying my internship at IEDC. I got the opportunity to collaborate in a project related to environmental justice, a topic I am very passionate about! Every day is a new learning experience, and I am lucky I have helpful coworkers that inspire and guide me through the economic development world. I even got to meet one of my coworkers in person, who is a recent grad and gave me a lot of insightful advice and recommendations.
Outside of work, I have been travelling and exploring the DMV area. I visited a friend in Richmond, Virginia and spent the weekend with some family in Baltimore, Maryland. Living five minutes away from union station is a blessing! I have also tried many new restaurants and bakeries with the other girls from the cohort during our weekly “girls’ night”.
After two months in the city, I can officially say I have fallen in love with D.C., I cannot wait to continue exploring and meeting interesting people.
After a month of chaos and lockdowns, my second month in Washington D.C. became much more routine. I wake up, make coffee, and go to work – and I love every minute of it. My internship is fascinating and each day brings a new task and learning opportunity. I’ve been lucky enough to virtually attend congressional hearings for the Financial Services Committee on behalf of my superiors, work on important SEC spreadsheets and presentations, and meet other interns working within my division. My internship is challenging, but exciting, and I could not have hoped for more.
The other fellows and I still find time around our busy schedules to go out and explore the city. We try to go out for dinner at least once a week and enjoy a variety of cuisines, and when stuck at home, we have insightful conversations and intellectual debates that I’m constantly learning from. I was also really lucky to be visited by my parents, and together we drove to a Civil War Battlefield and admired monuments. This continues to be an amazing, life-changing experience and I’m having the best time learning more about politics and forming relationships with others.
This past month was an incredibly busy one and has truly passed by so fast. I am in awe that my experience is already half over. This month, I began doing substantial work in my internship and learned the importance of a work-life balance. It is definitely difficult to take advantage of D.C. while having a full-time job, and dealing with the closures that make it rare to find excursions to partake in. Nonetheless, this experience has taught me so much about living with others. It is definitely unconventional going from strangers to living with people 24/7, and being one another’s main friend group, and it is interesting to see how the dynamic between my roommates and I has played out. Everyone brings such a unique flavor to the table, and it has been an amazing experience learning so much about different individuals in such a short period of time. Our diverse experiences allow me to understand a variety of perspectives and learn new facts about human nature every day.
This month, I spent some time away in Virginia with family, and it was nice to see some familiar faces. My roommates and I also crossed many restaurants off of our bucket list, and I have developed a much more unique palette than I had in Houston. My most enjoyable memory this month has been scootering down the National Mall in the evening, with few people in sight. Lincoln Memorial specifically is stunning, serene, and romantic at night, and visiting the memorial at night is a must for all tourists and locals.
In January, I felt like a tourist in my new place of residence, but this month, I have felt as merely the latter, in that I couldn’t explore the city as much as I would have liked. With work and school, I rarely had energy or time to engage in excursions. However, this March, I sincerely intend to take advantage of every moment and explore every corner of D.C. that I possibly can.
Spring has sprung, friendships have bloomed, and I have a job! In February, I started as a research assistant with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Outside of work, I enjoyed long walks through D.C. neighborhoods and outdoor monuments. The FDR, MLK, and Jefferson Monuments were the historical highlights of my second month. Unfortunately, the museums are still closed. However, that has not stopped me from making memories with the other fellows, connecting with University of Houston alum, and representing Bauer. In March, I look forward to warmer weather, presenting my work projects, and another month of exploring my new home.
The overall theme of my second month in D.C. was all about hunkering down and getting to work. As previously mentioned, I am a legislative intern in the House of Representatives under Representative Sylvia Garcia who serves the 29th Congressional District of Texas.
In February, there was so much happening in Houston, among those the standouts being the historic winter storm as well as a huge surge in vaccine rollouts. Both issues I worked on and was fortunate to assist in the major fundraiser Representatives Sylvia Garcia and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez headed that raised over $5 million for the city of Houston.
When asked by my friends and family back at home how I am enjoying the great experience that Bauer in D.C. iI always rave about how productive my days have become. From the work schedule, going to the gym every day, and cooking multiple times a day, all while managing my 12 credit course work. It has been absolutely thrilling. Probably my favorite benefit from my experience so far is how well informed I am about the issues that reside in our nation’s capital. Reading multiple bills every day and having the news on all day in the background while occasionally watching congressional hearings has fostered a deep awareness of our government’s ongoing activities.
I definitely look forward to seeing how much March will continue to develop my experience as a Bauer in D.C. Fellow.